Justices Richard Edelman, Charles Seymore and Leslie Brock Yates rejected his argument that the city unfairly denied his application because he left a section of the notarized document blank.
Jones has contended that a member of Mayor White's staff told him his application was complete on the day of the filing deadline. But that employee disagreed in a sworn affidavit attached to Jones' petition [PDF]. The appeals court doesn't resolve fact questions, so the justices decided the dispute could only be decide by a "hearing on the merits."
Again, none of this is to say that Jones doesn't have a point from a fairness perspective. I don't see him getting relief through the courts for that, however.Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 22, 2007 to Election 2007